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May 2011

Reviews of the latest opera CDs and DVDs — both remastered reissues of the greats and new recordings by today's most notable artists.

Recordings Editors Choice Degout lg 511Editor's Choice

Stéphane Degout and Hélène Lucas: "Mélodies"
spacer Songs by Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Chabrier, Duparc, Hahn. Texts and translations. Naïve V5209

In the French Style

Baritone Stéphane Degout and pianist Hélène Lucas offer a sensational recital of mélodies, rich in color and variety.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Matthew Passion Cover 511BACH: St. Matthew Passion
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spacer Kirkby; Chance, Covey-Crump, Hill, George, Thomas; Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Brandenburg Consort, Cleobury. German text only. House of Classics 718011203052 (3 discs plus DVD)
Recordings Tivoli Cover 511NØRGÅRD: Der Göttliche Tivoli
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spacer Stadel, Jost, Rohrbach, Tschöke; Szeili, Wild, Kubach, Gebhardt, Jianeng Lu, Masujima; Instrumental Ensemble; Keilhack. Texts and translations. Dacapo 6.220572-73 (2) 
ConvitatoCDPACINI: Il Convitato di Pietra
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spacer Chauvet, Zafeiriadou; Cortellazzi, Mastrototaro, Trucco, Guagliardo;Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Cluj, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Ferrari. Italian text available online (no translation). Naxos 8.660282-83 (2) 
Recordings Dido Cover 511PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas
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spacer Lavant Linke, Suh; Schofrin, Meerapfel; Nouvelle Ménestrandie, Cappella Mediterranea, García Alarcón. Texts and translations. Ambronay AMY022
OttoneNaiveCDVIVALDI: Ottone in Villa
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spacer Prina, Cangemi, Lezhneva, Invernizzi; Lehtipuu; Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini. Libretto. Naïve OP 30493 (2)
OttoneBrill.CDVIVALDI: Ottone in Villa
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spacer Semmingsen, Martorana, M. Bartoli; Ouatu, Dordolo; L'Arte dell'Arco, Guglielmo. Libretto on CD-ROM.?Brilliant Classics 94105 (2)

Choral and Song

ClovisCDBIZET: Clovis et Clotilde; Te Deum
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spacer Jovanovic; Do, Schnaible; Choeur Régional Nord — Pas-de-Calais, Orchestre National de Lille, J. Casadesus. Notes, no text. Naxos 8.572270


Recordings Poniatowski Cover 511Aleksandra Buczek and Grzegorz Biegas: "Poniatowski Rediscovered"
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spacer From L'Aventurier, La Contessina, Don Desiderio, Gelmina, Pierre de Médicis and La Sonnambula. Texts and translations. Stowarzyszneie Muzyki Polskiej 201001 
Hvor.Radv.CDDmitri Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky: "Verdi Opera Scenes"
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spacer Philharmonia of Russia, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3403
DaviesWigmoreCDIestyn Davies and Ensemble Guadagni: "Live at Wigmore Hall"
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spacer Arias by Handel; songs by Blow, Buxtehude, Purcell. Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live 0038
DivaDivoCDJoyce DiDonato: "Diva/Divo"
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spacer Arias by Mozart, Massenet, Rossini, Berlioz, Bellini, R. Strauss, Gounod, Gluck. Chorus and Orchestra of L'Opéra de Lyon, Ono. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 641986 0 6
Recordings Banse Cover 511Juliane Banse: "Per Amore"
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spacer Arias by Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, Mozart, Puccini, Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Weber. Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Poppen. Texts, notes. Hänssler Classic CD 93.262
Recordings Fete Galante Cover 511Karina Gauvin and Marc-André Hamelin: "Fête Galante"
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spacer Songs by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Honegger, etc. Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2642
RoyalCDKate Royal and Malcolm Martineau: "A Lesson In Love"
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spacer Songs by Schumann, Wolf, Copland and others. Texts and translations. EMI 9 48536 2
Recordings Crowe CD Cover 511Robert Crowe and Michael Eberth: "Songs to Mary"
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spacer Motets by Carissimi, Grandi, Kerll and Monteverdi. Texts and translations. Profil Hänssler PH10054


Records Messiah Cover 511HANDEL: Messiah
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spacer Sutherland, Bumbry; McKellar, Ward; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Boult. Texts. Newton Classics 8802032 (3)
BohemeCDPUCCINI: La Bohème
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spacer Albanese, Hurley; Bergonzi, Sereni, Harvuot, Scott, Flagello; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Schippers. ?No text or translation. Sony Classical 88697 80463 (2)
ToscaPriceCDPUCCINI: Tosca
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spacer Price; Corelli, MacNeil, Flagello; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Adler. No text or translation. Sony Classical 88697 80468 (2)


Dr.AtomicDVDADAMS: Doctor Atomic
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spacer Cooke, Arwady; Finley, Owens, Fink, Glenn; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gilbert. Production: Woolcock. Bonus features. Sony Classical 88697 80665 9 (2 DVDs), 171 mins., subtitled 
Video Carmen in 3D 511BIZET: Carmen (in 3D)
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spacer Rice, Kovalevska; Hymel, Argiris; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Carydis. Production: ?Zambello. In select theaters worldwide, from March 5, 2011 
KataK.DVDJANÁCEK: Káta Kabanová
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spacer Mattila, Petrinsky, Schaechter; M. Dvorský, Gietz, de Mey, Bryjak; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, Belohlávek. Production: Carsen. FRA Musica 003 (DVD) or 503 (Blu-ray), 108 mins. (opera), 24 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MetButterflyDVDPUCCINI: Madama Butterfly
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spacer Racette, Zifchak; Giordani, D. Croft; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Summers. Production: Minghella. Bonus features. Sony Classical 88697 80662 9 (2 DVDs), 146 mins., subtitled
Video Tosca Cover 511PUCCINI: Tosca
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spacer Mattila; Álvarez, Gagnidze; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Colaneri. Production: Bondy. Bonus features. Virgin Classics 641973 9 5, 137 mins., subtitled
SalomeDVDR. STRAUSS: Salome
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spacer Mattila, Komlósi; Begley, Uusitalo; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Summers. Production: Flimm. Sony Classical 88697 80663 9, 106 mins., subtitled
Video Armida Cover 511ROSSINI: Armida
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spacer Fleming; Brownlee, Osborn, Banks, van Rensburg, Manucharyan, K. Miller; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Frizza. Production: Zimmerman. Decca B0015226-09 (2 discs), 171 mins. (opera), 12 mins. (bonus), subtitled
RingNoWordsDVD"The Ring Without Words"
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spacer Berlin Philharmonic, Maazel. EuroArts 2057608 (DVD) or 2057604 (Blu-ray), ?83 mins. (performance), 5 mins. (bonus) 
MetBoccan.DVDVERDI: Simon Boccanegra
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spacer Pieczonka; Domingo, Giordani, Morris; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: G. del Monaco. Bonus features. Sony Classical 88697 80664 9 ?(2 DVDs), 149 mins., subtitled
Boccan.PappanoDVDVERDI: Simon Boccanegra
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spacer Poplavskaya; Domingo, Calleja, Furlanetto; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pappano. Production: Moshinsky. EMI Classics 9178259 (2 DVDs), 145 mins. (opera), 26 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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